Windsor Bar Getting In On Comey Fever

Former FBI Director James Comey's testimony at a Senate committee in the US is being turned into a party in downtown Windsor.

SnackBar-B-Q on Chatham St. is holding a viewing party Thursday morning in response to customer demand.

Owner Mark Boscariol says his customers wanted him to open early so they could catch Comey's highly anticipated comments.

Comey was fired by US President Donald Trump, seemingly out of the blue, last month in the midst of an FBI investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Boscariol says they're looking to have a bit of fun with the high profile meeting and have crafted a special menu including a Trump-inspired sandwich.

"'The Big Orange Mess' with orange roasted peppers and Cheetos and orange cheese," says Boscariol.

A viewing party wouldn't be complete without games.

"If Trump tweets we're going to give everybody some free appetizers during the hearing and the customers themselves wanted to have some games and things like that," says Boscariol. "Now we can't over serve or anything like that, but we're going to let everybody have some fun."


SnackBar-B-Q seen in downtown Windsor on June 7, 2017. (Photo by Ricardo Veneza)

Boscariol feels the state of American politics holds special weight on this side of the border.

"I think all of Canada is watching, but Windsor more than anybody and it's a daily conversation at the bar — we actually have pro-Trump people coming too," says Boscariol.

Comey's testimony is being called "must-watch TV" by many in Washington DC — and it seems the interest is strong in Windsor too.

"We don't know what it's going to lead to — maybe it leads to impeachment — who knows what it leads to?" says Boscariol.

The testimony is set to begin at 10am and the doors will be open at SnackBar-B-Q for the hearing. However, the bar won't open until 11am, but there will be Trump-themed treats along with coffee on offer until legal selling time comes around.


SnackBar-B-Q owner Mark Boscariol stands behind the bar at the downtown Windsor establishment on June 7, 2017. (Photo by Ricardo Veneza)